Welcome to CALPCC's New Executive Director - Kenneth Edwards

The CALPCC Search Committee is pleased to announce that it has selected Kenneth Edwards as the next CALPCC Executive Director. Kenneth will replace Dean Porter, the Founding Executive Director, who will retire at the end of October.

Kenneth is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the State of California and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Illinois. He earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology and is currently working toward his PhD in Business Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He has clinical experience working with adolescents and adults addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, adjustment to new environments, and interpersonal relationships. Kenneth has worked with individuals in a variety of settings including universities, hospitals, and skilled nursing and independent care facilities. He has specialized training in working with LGBTQ, Latinos, and other marginalized populations.

In his previous career, Kenneth worked as a Vice-President in Business Banking and Branch Management and gained a depth of knowledge in organizational management, as well as career counseling and development from a clinical perspective. In addition, Kenneth has experience giving classroom, educational, and conference presentations on a range of issues related to diversity, education and clinical psychology. Kenneth is currently in private practice in San Francisco, California.

“I hope to continue to advance the mission and vision of CALPCC, work with all partners, internal and external, in implementing a sustainable growth strategy, and helping to create renewed excitement around the LPCC license,” remarks Kenneth.

Shyrea Minton, the current Board President states, “We are thrilled to welcome Kenneth to CALPCC, and we are excited for him to implement his progressive vision to grow the organization and to increase CALPCC’s visibility. We look forward to his leadership and energy, as he works with the Board and CALPCC’s stakeholders.”

Cara Maffini, Past Board President and Search Committee Chair states, "Kenneth brings a vibrant energy and wealth of experience in both business and counseling. His interpersonal warmth, collegiality, and dynamic leadership skills will sustain CALPCC's mission and vision.”

The Board of Directors wishes to express sincere gratitude to the Search Committee for its tireless efforts and commitment to CALPCC's future: Cara Maffini (Chair), Shyrea Minton, Sue Zgliczynski, David Adams, Janee Both-Gragg, and Dean Porter.

Farewell to our Founding Executive Director - Dean Porter

CALPCC is grateful to its retiring Executive Director, Dean Porter, who led the effort to secure the LPCC in California, beginning in 2002. When licensure was achieved in 2010, CALPCC was established and Dean became Executive Director. Cara Maffini, Past CALPCC President has said, “Her vision, motivation, and energy have continued to push CALPCC forward.” Dean was honored for her leadership at the American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference held in Montreal, Canada in April 2016.

Dean says, "It is a pleasure to pass the baton to Kenneth, so he can take CALPCC to the next step in its development." Dean will work with Kenneth through October in order to insure a smooth transition.

Congratulations Kenneth and welcome to CALPCC!


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